22 days in Izmir Province & Istanbul Itinerary

22 days in Izmir Province & Istanbul Itinerary

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Fly to Chios, Taxi to Chios, Ferry to Cesme
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Cesme
— 3 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bergama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 10 nights
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Cesme

— 3 nights
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
Get out of town with these interesting Cesme side-trips: Izmir (Alsancak, Arkas Art Center, &more). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Cesme Museum, go for a stroll along the water at Dalyan Marina, and explore the ancient world of Cesme Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Cesme trip itinerary planner.

Nashville, USA to Cesme is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Nashville to Cesme. When traveling from Nashville in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cesme: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Selcuk

— 5 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), ponder the design of Trajan's Fountain, and steep yourself in history at Public Latrine.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cesme to Selcuk takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. May in Selcuk sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Bergama.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Bergama

— 2 nights
On the 3rd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Bergamali Kadri Egitim Tarihi Muzesi, then delve into the distant past at Red Basilica, then delve into the distant past at Ruins of Pergamum, and finally delve into the distant past at The Asklepion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): make a trip to Haci Hekim Hamami, then take in the exciting artwork at Pergamon Parchment, then delve into the distant past at Pergamon Antik Kenti, and finally explore the ancient world of Pergamon Theatre.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Bergama trip planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Bergama in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bergama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Istanbul

— 10 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Bergama to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Traveling from Bergama in June, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are little chillier, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Izmir Province travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.